New Zealand’s Hanee Song, winner of the NZPWG Women's Pro Am 2018.
Photo credit: Simon Watts, BW Media
The NZPWG Women’s Pro-Am in memory of Anita Boon, returns in 2019 with a prize purse of $40,000, thanks to long-time sponsors KFC and Coca Cola.
Remuera Golf Club will host the two-day tournament on the 13th and 14th of October for the second consecutive year with New Zealand’s Hanee Song returning to defend her 2018 title. Off the back of Song’s recent 6th place finish in Thailand, she will need to hold off a strong field if she is to be successful once again.
Co-sanctioned for the seventh consecutive year by New Zealand Professional Women Golfers (NZPWG) and Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tour.
Featuring a line-up of 28 professional players from New Zealand, Australia, Scotland and the Cook Islands, the tournament allows amateurs the opportunity to play alongside the up-and-coming stars of the game.
NZPWG Board Member Kristin Farrell says the event in its eleventh year is special for all involved. “The NZPWG Women’s Pro-Am is a much-loved tournament by the professionals and amateurs who come together to play each year. It’s a fitting tribute to Anita, who would be proud to see the many opportunities the tournament creates for young players in her name.”
US based-player Phillis Meti, who was the winner of the 2019 KFC Golf Scholarship, will compete in this year’s tournament off the back of a great season including a runner up finish at the World Long Drive Championship earlier this month. Also vying for the trophy will be Munchin Keh and Liv Cheng. Both players will be seeking a strong result as they head into the new ALPG 2019/2020 season.
Meanwhile, a mix of new and experienced Australian players will be out to claim victory this year. Victoria Fricot and Jade Shellback will be making their first appearance while Breanna Gill, Kristalle Blum and Bree Arthur will be seeking their maiden NZPWG Women’s Pro-am title.
The NZPWG Pro-Am will once again support Look Good Feel Better the charity set up to help women through cancer treatment. The event also fundraises for the KFC Golf Scholarship which helps support NZ professional women golfers to take their careers to the next level.
ALPG Tour CEO Karen Lunn says, “Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors KFC New Zealand and Coca-Cola, the NZPWG Pro-Am event can raise valuable funds for charity and support New Zealand's future golfing stars. “Anita Boon was a wonderful person who touched many hearts; I am sure she would be delighted this event has stood the test of time which is a testament to the hard work the NZPWG have put in to ensure its future.”
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